TITLE: Resurrecting Hope

SERIES: Home for Hope #2

AUTHOR: Shell Taylor

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press


LENGTH: 65,800 words

RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2015


Adam Lancaster can’t imagine how his life could possibly get any better. He’s on the cusp of moving in with his boyfriend, Elijah Langley. Their charge, Kollin Haverty, finally has a loving, stable home environment, and Home for Hope is up and running, keeping over fifteen LGBT youth off the streets at night. One phone call from his birth mother, Jessica Lancaster, is all it takes to unravel Adam’s carefully constructed new life.

Informing Adam his grandfather has died, Jessica expresses remorse for abandoning Adam to the state and begs him for a chance to be part of his life again. Jessica’s true colors eventually shine through her façade, and Adam is devastated all over again when he discovers she is only using him to get her hands on the valuable inheritance his grandfather left him. Jessica’s betrayal forces Adam so far inside his own hell, not even Elijah or Kollin can keep him from abandoning all of his responsibilities and running away. Adam will have to dig deep to find the strength to confront his birth parents, heal once and for all, and earn back his place with his new family.

Thanks for having me! This scene comes right after the second chapter (the teaser posted at the end of Redeeming Hope). Elijah has just been told something’s wrong with Adam and might be overreacting a touch. Enjoy!


“FUCK, FUCK, fuck.” Elijah swore as he swerved into HOPE’s parking lot. Gravel flew up behind his tires, likely scratching his car, but he didn’t give a damn. Chloe had refused to give him any details on the phone, insisting he get to the center as quickly as possible. But Elijah’s perfectly-healthy-that-morning boyfriend would sooner suffer in silence than actually ask for help, so Elijah anticipated the worst.

The bell above the door jingled as he opened it, but instead of Chloe’s normal smiling face, Julie sat behind the welcome desk.

“Where’s Adam?”

“Well, hey, Elijah. Nice to see you too.”

“Where’s Adam? Is he okay?” Elijah repeated, resisting the urge to shake Julie.

“I guess he’s in his office. He canceled the college application session. Chloe asked me to sit here for a few while she talked with him.”

Elijah mumbled a quiet thanks and strode past the front desk to open Adam’s door. He found Adam lying on the couch, hands crossed over his chest and eyes closed. His face, drained of all color, looked haggard and worn.

Perched next to Adam, Chloe patted his leg, and he slowly opened his eyes. “Elijah’s here. Let me know if you need anything.” She shot a pointed glare at Elijah. “Either of you.”

With a squeeze of Elijah’s shoulder, Chloe left the room and quietly closed the door behind her. Elijah grabbed Adam’s desk chair and wheeled it next to the couch.

“Are you okay?” he asked, resting his elbows on his knees.

Adam nodded.

“Do you need anything?”

Adam shook his head.

“Do I need to call the doctor?”

Adam hesitated and shook his head again.

“Can you look at me?”

Watery eyes met his.

“You promise me you’re okay?”

A single tear slid down the side of Adam’s face, and he shook his head one last time. “But no doctor, for now. Just take me home?”

Shell Taylor is a full-time mother of three exuberant and loving kiddos and one fur baby, a tiny but fierce Yorkie-poo named Rocco.

As a Christian who practices love, grace, and humility rather than hatred and judgement, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids.

She just recently learned how to crochet to start bombarding new mothers with matching hats and booties. She is a huge Marvel fan and because of the superhero-plastered tees paired with jeans and Chucks has been told when helping out in her son’s classroom that she looks more like the students than a parent.

Her favorite way to procrastinate is to binge watch entire seasons on Netflix. Best of all, she’s been married ten years to a man who’s turned out to be everything she never knew she needed.

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